Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

25 February 2018 | Exumas, Bahamas
21 November 2017 | George Town, Exuma
24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco

Heading South

21 November 2017 | George Town, Exuma
Whisper looks like a sailboat again. After five days on the hard, and two days at anchor she looks more like home... Sails up, dinghy launched, tanks filled. We still have a project list to complete while we are at anchor here in George Town, Exuma, but we are back in the island rhythm at last!

So how did we get from Milwaukee to the Bahamas this year? We left Milwaukee in the Chevy Trailblazer on October 25th heading towards the east coast. Our first stopover in Ohio we got the news that Bill's daughter, Beth, was going into labor with her first child. With only a few hours drive we were in Cumberland MD by 430pm, Charlotte Ruby was born at 3:45pm. We got to celebrate her birth with mom and dad, Toby, as well as deliver the crib from Aunt Jane.

Progressing down the coast, we visited our 2016 boat buddies, Polly and Dave in New Bern, my long time IT pal Deb and her husband, Paul in Savannah, our cruising friends, Gene and Carol, in Richmond Hills. We stopped in Green Cove Springs, FL, to set up our mailbox, then continued on to revisit St Augustine. The next day we had a grand reunion with last year's boat buddies, Kim and Brett, Barbara and Doug at Merritt Island. After all this traveling, we took a break with Bill's sister Mary in Naples for a long weekend.

But that was not an end of the reunions. Karl and Bri offered to store our car for the season so we picked them up at the Miami airport and took them to Ft Lauderdale for a dinner with Brian and Maria. That completed the circle started in Milwaukee last summer where Karl and Bri met Shelly, Brian's daughter. We love love love our small sailing community.

We finally caught the plane to Nassau, and subsequently George Town. We rented a charming beachfront house in George Town while we prepped Whisper for the season. She showed no effects from the hurricanes and only minor effects from the humid environment, we think thanks to lots of preventative maintenance last spring. After visiting a remarkable meat market and several hardware stores, we launched and moved out on anchor.

We were amazed at the small number of boats in George Town, only two dozen, compared to the 500 normally here in January-February. We enjoyed shopping in town with sufficient supplies as well as visiting Chat N Chill with no competition for dock space. We capped our visit with a lovely dink to a gorgeous beach for a hike and a swim.

We are back.
Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
15 Photos
Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
20 Photos
Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
36 Photos
Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
14 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
6 Photos
Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
8 Photos
Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
7 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
5 Photos
Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
5 Photos
Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
7 Photos
Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
8 Photos
Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
7 Photos
Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
4 Photos
Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
5 Photos
Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
3 Photos
Created 17 June 2015